The New York Times estimated that each year 200,000 people in the United States die as a result of medical mistake or medical negligence. Many thousands more sustain serious injuries or incur more costly medical expenses as a result of errors that doctors and healthcare providers make.
If your child is the victim of medical malpractice, it is important that you understand your legal rights and that you take action to hold the care provider accountable. LongoBiggs, LC, can assist you in pursuing your claim and getting the compensation that you deserve. Contact us now to find out how.
Types of Medical Malpractice
Any time a doctor or healthcare provider offers substandard care to a patient below the level of care that a reasonable provider would have offered, the provider can be held legally accountable for the consequences. Some of the different types of situations that can result in a care provider being held responsible for medical malpractice can include:
- Delayed diagnosis or failure to diagnose a medical problem
- Surgical mistakes such as operating on the wrong patient or wrong body part
- Failure to monitor for drug interactions
- Administering or prescribing the wrong medication or the wrong dose
- Lab test errors
- Birth injuries
- Inadequate hospital policies regarding staffing or cleanliness
Recent studies have shown that the majority of malpractice claims against primary care doctors occur as a result of a failure to diagnose medical conditions. Surgeons, however, have reportedly been known to make errors like leaving items inside of patients or operating on the wrong part or the wrong person.
Holding Healthcare Providers Responsible for Medical Malpractice
Medical mistakes can cause devastating outcomes to patients. Diseases that might have been curable can become death sentences, while other patients may need repeated surgery or suffer permanent impairment due to a botched medical procedure.
If you have been the victim of a medical mistake, you have the right to be fully compensated for all losses and injuries by the doctor, hospital or other care provider who made the error. You should be compensated for medical bills and costs, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress and wrongful death arising from the injury.